Body Piercing--Safely Choosing A Shop and Piercer

Posted on: 17 July 2015

Once you've decided to get a body piercing, there's a safe way to go about it. Your first priority should be your health and well being. The following steps should be taken to ensure a comfortable and safe experience, leaving you with a piercing to be proud of! 

Selecting a Shop

In most industries there's a standard set by a board of professionals, and piercing is no different. Safepiercing.org is a great tool you can sign up for to locate a safe piercing shop that others just like you and professionals can vouch for. Once you've narrowed your search to a few shops near you, you should visit them with your safety in mind.

First, ask to see their sterilizer. This is a unit that uses high pressure steam to clean materials used in the piercing process. If the studio in question doesn't have a working machine, it's not the shop for you. Second, every shop should have a logbook of tests that are run on their equipment for dangerous organisms. A good shop will be more than happy to show you this log.

Is the studio clean? You would never have a major operation done in a dirty place, don't get a body piercing in one either! A modern studio will keep waiting customers separated from work in progress rooms, and have yet another room for needle sterilization. It may come as a surprise that a number of states have made it illegal to use piercing guns for body piercings. This is because a piercing gun cannot be sterilized and therefore doesn't meet industry standards for sterile equipment.

Finally, once you have a piercing done, there should be some kind of aftercare guidelines. Ask the piercing technician for a sheet showing these important care guidelines.

Picking a Piercer 

Don't fall into the trap of thinking that piercing is easy. Once you've found a safe body piercing studio, you can dig deeper to find a technician that you feel comfortable with. It takes careful study and loads of time to perfect the art of a safe piercing, so don't hesitate to ask to see resumes and portfolios.  

Above all, use common sense and instinct. If you don't feel comfortable, don't proceed with a piercing. Minors who want a body piercing will need to be accompanied by an adult. Following the steps to a professional body piercing, like those offered at The Ink Lab, can lead to beautiful body art that can inspire you and others! 

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